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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Cynthia Cabrera
Electronic cigarette manufacturers and advocates are out in force on Capitol Hill this week as the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association stages its first-ever "Day on the Hill" lobbying drive. Reporter Nathan Porter sat down with SFATA Executive Director Cynthia Cabrera and Daniel Walsh, president and CEO of Purebacco USA, the second largest domestic manufacturer of e-liquid products, to discuss the state of the industry.
As big tobacco companies rush to cash in on electronic cigarettes and governments scramble to regulate their use, the nation's top researchers say basic questions about the safety and long-term effects of e-cigarettes have yet to be answered. They also caution that regulators may be about to go too far without knowing what they are dealing with.
"While our industry understands reasonable and appropriate regulation is needed, it is vital our young industry not be grouped with combustible cigarettes" as federal guidelines are drafted, said Cynthia Cabrera, executive director of the trade association.